Postdoctoral Fellow in Theory of Quantum Matter

Stockholm University



Postdoctoral Fellow in Theory of Quantum Matter (2)

Ref. No. SU FV-3626-19




at the Department of Physics. Closing date: 13 December 2019.

The Department of Physics is one of the biggest departments within the Faculty of Science and supports a broad range of basic research in experimental and theoretical physics. It has about 250 employees of which 95 are PhD students. Many have been internationally recruited. The Department is part of the AlbaNova University Center, which apart from the Department of Physics houses the Department of Astronomy, the Physics Departments at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita). 

Project description
The research group ‘Theory of Quantum Matter’ in the unit for Condensed Matter and Quantum Optics, within the Department of Physics at Stockholm University, invites applications to two postdoctoral positions within the area of threedimensional topological phases. The research group consists of eight active permanent members, eight postdocs and about eleven Ph.D. students. The research focuses on various forms of quantum matter, in the context of solid state systems, as well as artificial ones, such as those that are formed in ultra cold gasses, and certain states in quantum-optics. The used methods range from numerical and symbolic computations to quantum field theory calculations utilizing advanced concepts from geometry and topology.

The postdoctoral fellow will work as part of the research group lead by Maria Hermanns where main research interests include topologically ordered states, in particular quantum spin liquids, and entanglement signatures of topological phases of matter.

Main responsibilities
The successful candidate will study various strongly correlated systems and/or topological phases using analytical and/or numerical techniques. He/she is expected to be able to do independent work, work in collaboration with other group members and participate in the supervision of Ph.D. students.

Qualification requirements
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria
In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills within the research topic of strongly correlated phases and topological phases of matter, as well as the ability to conduct independent research. Previous research experience in analytical and/or numerical techniques that are especially suited for strongly correlated systems is favorable.

The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension for another year. Start date 2020-09-01 or as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Maria Hermanns, 

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references
    Important: Your academic referees should send us recommendation letters via email to: and state in the subject line: SU FV-3626-19 + name of the applicant.

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 13/12/2019


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